The R&D activities of Centexbel-VKC support the textile, plastic converting and related companies with the explicit aim to reinforce the innovation capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and to assist the industry in its transition to a sustainable future. As a research institution created by and for the industry, we initiate and participate in publicly funded pre-competitive research projects and in market-oriented contract research projects.

To guarantee total impartiality and to avoid any conflict of interest, we explicitly exclude all product development in those areas covered by the CE certification scope for which we are accredited.

Boosting the circular use of bio-based packaging.

Holistic processes for the cost-effective and sustainable management of End-of-Life Aircraft Composite Structures

The ReMixT project aims at developing and optimizing a process for polymer recovering and reuse, used as feedstock in the textile industry, from common PIW and PCW.

Biocomposites have the advantage of being very light. Unfortunately, the large variation in fibre properties makes a robust design difficult and their intrinsic moisture sensitivity can lead to premature degradation. The BREPLA project aims to further develop and disseminate the material knowledge required for the successful application of biocomposites in a growing number of end products.

RESERVIST aims to establish ‘reservist cells’ that in times of crises can be activated within 48hrs to switch to manufacturing medical products and services that are spiking in demand.

The BitumClean project aims to develop an industrial process to separate the bituminous tar fraction from end-of-life roofing membranes at low cost and without environmental consequences.

Anchor peptides to improve the adhesion of water-based coatings onto polyolefins (PO).

Holistic approach to establish a market in the EU for locally produced textiles made from locally sourced bio-based waste.

The evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the need for continued innovation to efficiently mitigate the spread of the virus. Centexbel, HoGENT and VITO are translating the lessons learned into actions to help the industry solve the identified pain points from the first wave in the best possible way.

Remove2Reclaim aims to develop innovative solvent-based extraction routes to remove additives, such as titanium dioxide, from different polymer matrices and to reuse both titanium dioxide and polymer in new products. This dissolution route will be a nice add-on to existing mechanical and chemical polymer recycling schemes.